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April 19, 2011  1:41 PM

Looking behind Juniper’s new Emerging Technologies executive hire



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, emerging technologies, Juniper, service layer platforms, software, unified communications, Verizon Digital Media Service

While we don’t typically cover management changes and executive hires, I do think it’s significant that Juniper has announced a new VP (from Cisco) in a new position. Nawaf Bitar has been...

June 14, 2010  3:20 PM

Google Gizmo5 buy to compete with Skype, possibly telcos



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Google, Skype, unified communications, voice services, VoIP

Google has arguably had its eye on the VoIP space for more than a year, and the acquisition of Gizmo5 only made a move more likely. Now the story is that an announcement is...


May 20, 2010  1:22 PM

New UC standards effort may result from Cisco’s efforts



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco Telepresence, standards, unified communications

Just what we need -- another standards effort! This one, the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) may be a reaction to Cisco’s attempts to bring some interoperability...


December 23, 2009  11:27 PM

Telefonica’s possible VoIP startup purchase with UC overtones



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Skype, Telefonica, unified communications, voice services, VoIP

Telefonica may be interested in VoIP service startup Jajah, and there’s some speculation that the deal would be done to create a Ribbit-like web front-end and developer program to Telefonica’s services. We’re...


July 1, 2009  6:44 PM

Cisco talks cloud offerings, focuses on Microsoft, Google



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, cloud-based services, Google, hybrid cloud, unified communications, Virtualization

Cisco is talking a lot at its annual user conference, Cisco Live, but it’s not always being definitive. Cisco is said to be considering an expansion to its WebEx collaboration suite to include


June 29, 2009  1:47 PM

Google Voice “UC” offers telecom-providers major angst



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Add new tag, Google, UC, unified communications

Google is now starting to admit new users to Google Voice, and the new offering is certainly a step that will give telcos worldwide some major angst. Google Voice is a free service that provides a...


June 1, 2009  1:48 PM

Google’s Wave: Early assessments a bit “off”



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Google, IM, IMS, UC, unified communications

Google’s Wave is gathering a lot of comment, but in our view, much of it is missing the key points about the notion. Part of that problem lies with Google’s own...

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May 29, 2009  2:10 PM

Google’s Wave redefines UC market; challenges Twitter?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Google, Social networking, UC, unified communications

Google may not be saying it, but they’ve just showed their hand in (and maybe redefined) the UC market. Google Wave, announced at the Google development conference, blends...


May 20, 2009  1:21 PM

Microsoft and HP join UC hosted service trend



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, collaboration software, HP, Microsoft, unified communications

Microsoft and HP announced a major partnership in unified communications (UC) building on HP’s...


April 2, 2009  12:56 PM

Hosting UC in the cloud: Not only for the enterprise



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cloud computing, servers telecom, Siemens, UC, unified communications

In his VoiceCon keynote, Siemens CEO O’Neill announced a deal to run Siemens OpenScape software on the Amazon EC2 cloud. The move is a very important step in our view...


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